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Barnes, Williams show support for Friedgen

From Rick Maese at Redskins Park:

Just a couple of days after suffering a school-record 10th loss of the season, Maryland Coach Ralph Friedgen received a couple votes of support from another football locker room not far away.

Kevin Barnes and Edwin Williams, former Terps and current rookies with the Washington Redskins, both say they hope Maryland retains Friedgen as its football coach.

“It’s just a tough situation,” said Barnes, the Redskins third-round draft pick last spring who saw his first action of the season at cornerback in Sunday’s loss at Philadelphia. “They struggled a little bit this year. I was on that team last year; we lost 30 seniors. Any team losing 30 seniors, it’s going to be hard to produce that next
year with all those young players.”

Both players say that Friedgen’s contributions to the program should be taken into account as athletic department officials consider their options.

“He means a lot,” said Williams, an undrafted rookie who started his first game at right guard for Washington on Sunday. “He brought this football team that was a mediocre football team to national, elite status. Along the way, he made a lot of good contributions to the university. We got a new stadium, we got new fields, we got a lot of things to be proud of.”

Said Barnes: “He’s completely changed the face of Maryland football. Before he got there, really they were nothing. Those 10-win seasons, all those upgrades to the stadium, a lot of pride for Maryland football.”

Despite the poor showing this season, both former Terps think Friedgen can again make Maryland football more competitive.

“You look at the statistics, coach Friedgen has been a guy who’s never been a loser,” Williams said. “There’s a lot of different things as a head coach, he can control as much as he can. We had a lot of younger guys. Recruiting hasn’t been as strong as it’s been in the past. All it takes is one good class and a couple of good players and we’ll get
back on the map. Just think about Penn State a couple of years ago. They were kind of the bottom of the barrel, too, and now they’re back to a national, elite status as well. So, just got to get back on the map.”

By Rick Maese  |  November 30, 2009; 12:40 PM ET
Categories:  Football  
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Well they're record wasn't all that much better with those 30 seniors now was it?

Posted by: Poopy_McPoop | November 30, 2009 1:03 PM | Report abuse

did Maese forget Heyer went to MD too?

Posted by: Barno1 | November 30, 2009 1:13 PM | Report abuse

Maybe Heyer had already left the locker room or maybe he hadn't gotten into the locker room yet.

Leave it to Barno to come up with his insuations about the writer being anti-UMD or something like that.

Posted by: Poopy_McPoop | November 30, 2009 8:18 PM | Report abuse

Poopy McRetard: Their record was 8-5 last year. I would say that is a bit better than 2-10.

Posted by: aviscardo | December 1, 2009 10:05 AM | Report abuse

meh, 8-5, while definitely better than 2-10, isn't the best record now is it?

Posted by: Poopy_McPoop | December 1, 2009 12:06 PM | Report abuse

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